Military: Secret Prison Hidden at Gitmo

'High-value' suspects held in mystery prison within prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 5:17 AM CST
In this photo released by the Department of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen rides the ferry during a visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay,Cuba, Sunday, Jan. 13,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Guantanamo Bay's top commander has confirmed the existence of a secret prison within the prison holding 15 "high-value" al-Qaeda detainees, AP reports. Prisoners at the mysterious Camp 7 include alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The camp's exact location is a secret, even to many military officials. Commanders insist Camp 7 detainees need to be kept away from other inmates and are so important to intelligence that the crew that maintains the facility is called "Task Force Platinum."

The 15 men have been isolated in part to protect other inmates who have revealed information about them to authorities. "If there were potential for retribution it would be a very, very dangerous situation," a commander said of the Camp 7 prisoners. Officials also fear revealing the camp's location could make it a terrorist target. Camp 7's existence only came to light in December when it was mentioned by attorneys for a terror suspect.